Surprising facts about Hemingway you probably didn’t know
Although during his eventful life he was once reported dead while still alive, his actual death was not what it seemed originally.
Ernest Hemingway is a world-famous novelist and short-story writer, known for his economical and understated style which had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.
He went on to write seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction pieces and his outstanding and many-faceted personality left a mark in history.
What do we know about him?
Was Hemingway happy about being Ernest?
Hemingway lived in Paris, Chicago, Toronto, fought in WWI in Italy, participated in Spanish Civil War, during WWII was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris. He met his fourth wife in London and survived two consequent plane crashes in Africa.
But Hemingway turned out to be of little use to the Soviets. He failed to give them any political information and was never “verified in practical work”.
A harsh man
Reported dead while alive.
Hemingway had four wives and a six-toed cat.
His death was not accidental…
Ernest Hemingway committed suicide at the age of sixty-one.
His supermodel granddaughter Margaux committed suicide about the same day 35 years later.
Hemingway’s father shot himself to death at the age of 57. This fact had certainly influenced the writer and was reflected in his works.
Another Hemingway’s granddaughter, Lorian wrestled with suicide, but in this case with a happy ending.
The Hemingway lookalike society
Hemingway was renowned for novels like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, which won the 1953 Pulitzer. In 1954, Hemingway won the Nobel Prize.
More curious facts about Ernest Hemingway:
- He played cello “Worse than anyone on earth.” But he later admitted the music lessons were useful to his writing.
- Small-time thief. Ernest once took a urinal home from his favorite bar and moved it into his home, arguing that he had “pissed away” so much of his money into the urinal that he owned it.
- Friend in Need. F. Scott Fitzgerald once asked Hemingway in a cafe toilet to look at naughty bits of the former and was assured of their “normal” size.
- A pretty popular cocktail has his name. It's known as Hemingway’s daikiri.
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